The Electoral Districts Boundaries Commission was established to review and carry out periodic redistributions of the boundaries of South Australia’s House of Assembly electoral districts

2020

The personnel comprising the Electoral Districts Boundaries Commission (EDBC) from time to time are appointed in accordance with section 78 of the Constitution Act 1934 (SA).

The 2020 Commission comprises the following members:

The Honourable Justice Trish Kelly (The Chair)
Mr Mick Sherry (Electoral Commissioner)
Mr Michael Burdett (Surveyor-General)

The Electoral Districts Boundaries Commission provides the enrolment and voting data to be used for its deliberations in commencing the revision of electoral boundaries.

The data contained in the file provided is supplied on the understanding that it will be used solely for the purpose of examining the political consequence of boundary adjustments. Please read the Important Notes tab in the file after download.
The Electoral Districts Boundaries Commission (EDBC) holds hearings as part of its proceedings. These hearings are open to the public and transcripts of proceedings are produced as a public record and are available below.
The Electoral Districts Boundaries Commission has announced that it will travel to Port Augusta to hear from interested persons and groups in relation to district boundary changes which have been proposed.

At a hearing in Adelaide in early May, the Commission noted that a number of parties had identified that significant changes may need to be made to various outback electoral districts, in particular Giles, Flinders and Stuart in order for the Commission to comply with s.77(1) of the Constitution Act due to stagnant or declining population and the flow-on effects that this has on elector numbers in those districts.

Submissions before the Commission propose substantial changes to the districts of Giles, Stuart and Frome, including combining the cities of Port Augusta and Whyalla into one district, dividing Port Augusta between Giles and Stuart and combining Port Augusta and Port Pirie in the district of Stuart. Each of those proposals would have flow-on effects for Port Pirie and the district of Frome. Proposals are available on the Representations – Electoral Redistribution page.

The Commission hopes that by travelling to Port Augusta, interested persons will have an opportunity to directly address the Commission and raise any matters of concern to them. The Commission would welcome the assistance of those who might be affected by the proposed changes.

Date and location for the hearing

Port Augusta has been chosen for the regional hearing because most of the proposed changes affect the electors in and around that city. The hearing will be held at 10.00am on Wednesday 24 June 2020 at the Magistrates Court, 4 Flinders Terrace, Port Augusta.

Registration

To register your interest in making a submission at the regional hearing, please email the Commission’s Secretary, Mr David Gully, at EDBC.Secretary@sa.gov.au by 5:00pm on Monday 22 June 2020.
The Electoral Districts Boundaries Commission received 7 written representations relating to the electoral redistribution. A further 8 supplementary submissions were provided for the 18 May 2020 Hearing with an additional 7 submissions received following the Commission’s request for specific views on proposed changes affecting Port Augusta and surrounding districts. The representations and subsequent submissions are provided below in the order they were received.

The Electoral Districts Boundaries Commission received 5 written representations relating to the effect of amendments enacted by the Constitution (One Vote One Value) Amendment Act 2017.  The representations are provided below in the order they were received.

The 2020 EDBC brochure is available below.

The following is a proposed timetable for proceedings of the Electoral Districts Boundaries Commission.

Proposed TimetableCommission Targets
Oct 2019 Public notices appear in selected metropolitan and country newspapers inviting written representations on constitutional amendments
15 Nov 2019 Closing date for written representations – constitutional amendments
3 Dec 2019 Public hearing – constitutional amendments
Dec 2019 Public notices inviting written representations on boundary proposals
11 Feb 2020 Public hearing – mainly demographic matters
24 Apr 2020 Closing date for written representations – boundary proposals
May-Jun 2020 Further public hearings to hear and consider evidence and argument in support of representations
30 Jun 2020 Relevant date
Jul-Aug 2020 Commission reviews all material received
15 Aug 2020 Release of draft order giving details of proposed boundaries
16 Sep 2020 Final written submissions and any further hearings conducted
Nov 2020 Commission finalises and gazettes its order